What is God’s plan for me?
I’ve asked this question all my life and have never gotten an answer. Has anybody?
Not a Bible quote. Not a cryptic message. Not a “sign.” Not a “prompting of the spirit.” Not your own private thought. Not a friend’s strongly expressed opinion. But a clear, unequivocal directive from the Almighty.
Some claim that they have, but usually they’re pretty subjective. And on the rare occasion when someone tells me that God actually spoke directly to them, I see haunted eyes glazed over with denial, and I have a hard time believing them.
Most people who are trying to honor God with their actions commit to a lot of study and prayer, then take their best guess as to what God has in mind. And if it doesn’t work out, well then it must have been their fault. They didn’t pray hard enough, or have enough faith, or their hearts weren’t right, or they overlooked the fine print. Then they would repent, try even harder and be even more careful.
If we repeat that process enough times we become unable to function.
Even before I stopped believing altogether, I acknowledged that God never answered my questions so I decided to start taking responsibility for my own actions. I wouldn’t wait forever for instruction, and I wouldn’t stop at each step, look up for affirmation, and hope I was getting it right.
“We don’t know what God has in mind for you,” I would advise my parishioners. “The only thing you can know for sure is what YOU will do next. So get clear on that.”
Few people liked that answer but it was the only one I had. It helped me to move forward and stop second guessing myself.
Whether they believe in God or not, I encourage everyone to take full responsibility for their own actions. Make your decisions, correct your mistakes, and keep moving forward.